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Jan
14

Juniper Berry Benefits


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Juniper Berry BenefitsJuniper Berry Benefits

There are many different ways to gain Juniper Berry benefits for your body. First, you can include these berries in your food to create some delicious and unique recipes. This may help provide your body with various nutrients and beneficial properties. Also, you could create bath and body recipes that integrate these properties to benefit the body. Plus, these Juniper Berries whole can be used to decorate various Natures Garden recipes. So, this herb is useful to both decorate your creations and provide beneficial properties for these recipes.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Growing ConditionsJuniper Berry Benefits: Growing Conditions

Juniper Berry plants are most common in the Northern Hemisphere and they come in a few different varieties. You can tell these varieties apart by their heights, as they are either one and a half feet tall, four feet tall, six feet tall, or twenty-five feet tall. So, these plants can vary from the sizes of small shrubs to large trees. Since they are similar to conifers, they have needles or scales that are useful for helping the plant survive droughts. But, this means that the Juniper plant can’t handle being over watered. If they have wet soil that doesn’t drain well, they will suffer. So, you should never need to water your plant unless there have been severe drought conditions. Although Junipers prefer acidic soil, they can grow in a variety of soil types. Also, they will prefer to be exposed to full sun.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Harvesting Your Juniper Berries

First, make sure that you do in fact have an edible variety of juniper before you begin your harvest. The most common edible variety of juniper is Juniperus communis, but there are many varieties out there that are poisonous or bitter tasting. After you are sure you have the correct tree, you will want to pick the soft berries that are a blue/black color. Make sure that you don’t pick unripe berries as they won’t dry properly. Then, you can dry your berries by allowing them to set inside at room temperature for approximately three weeks. Once the berries are dried you will need to remove any berries that are brown or have viable entrance holes. These berries will have bugs living inside them. Lastly, you can either use your berries immediately or store them in an airtight jar for up to a year.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Caution for Anyone that has Apple Trees

You may want to hold off on planting a juniper berry tree/shrub if you have an apple tree. There is a fungus that can infect your apple tree called cedar-apple rust. It will begin growing on the juniper trees or shrubs first. Then, the fungus can make its way to any of the apple trees nearby. So, you would be putting your apple trees at risk by planting juniper nearby. However, anyone without apple trees won’t have to worry about this disease transfer.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Industry Uses

You can find many different ways to use juniper berries in a variety of products. First, you can use this herb to spice up your meals or to flavor gin. Also, you can create a tonic or tea to benefit from some of the medicinal properties of juniper. Further, you can use this botanical herb to create wonderful bath and body recipes. So, let’s look into the benefits that you can gain from adding this herb to your products.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Medicinal Uses for Juniper BerriesJuniper Berry Benefits: Medicinal Uses

In ancient medicine, Juniper Berries were used to treat all kinds of illnesses. Plus, many different cultures developed ideas of how they could use this herb in their medical practices. This lovely herb was considered to be able to purify blood and was thought to boost stamina for the Greeks. Also, ancient Egyptians used Juniper to embalm their dead. Then, Juniper was made into a tonic that became popular by Europeans in the 17th century. While this was originally created as a diuretic, this juniper tonic quickly became known as gin.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Medicinal Uses for Juniper Berries

Today, there are many medicinal uses for juniper berries. Primarily, this herb continues to be used as a diuretic. These berries can be used to get your kidneys to work more efficiently, which will stimulate your urinary passages. While this can be useful for helping reduce renal insufficiency, weakness of the bladder, or weakness of the urethra, it is dangerous for a kidney infection. So, you should ask a doctor before using this herb if you have any urinary tract issues.

Plus, the antimicrobial and antifungal properties in this herb have been found to be useful against certain infections. For example, studies have shown that this herb can be used to fight the bacteria that cause illnesses like E. coli, pneumonia, gonorrhea, Staphylococcus aureus, and more! Further, this herb’s antiseptic properties are useful for treating scrapes and cuts to prevent infection. Also, this herb is a carminative agent that has been known to help move gas through the body. Further, it is thought to prevent more gas from being produced while it is in your system. So, this herbal property can be used to reduce indigestion, chest pain, and stomach aches. Furthermore, Juniper can be used to prevent stomach ulcers and get the stomach back on track. This is due to the herb promoting stomach bile secretion, which protects the inner lining of the stomach. 

Also, this herb can be used to reduce symptoms of joint pain, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Juniper can help with these conditions as this herb improves blood circulation and helps remove toxins from the body. These toxins are flushed out using excess sweating, which will help clear your pores, too. Further, there are properties in this cosmetic herb that help to reduce swelling. Also, this herb is useful for reducing muscle cramps and spasms.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Food and BeveragesJuniper Berry Benefits: Food and Beverages

In areas of Northern Europe, like  Scandinavia, Germany, or some regions of France, Juniper is commonly used as a spice for cooking. It is most popular to use Juniper to spice up meaty dishes, like chicken or beef. Just make sure not to overcook the herb, as it can draw out an unpleasant, bitter flavor. Instead, you may want to try toasting them. However, Americans are more likely to have added juniper in their gin than their meals. In fact, gin was named after Juniper in the Dutch language. The taste of juniper is uniquely refreshing and tangy with notes of pine and citrus. Anyone that wants to add more juniper into their diet should check out 16 Recipes That Make the Most of Juniper Berries by Brit + Co.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Bath and Body ProductsJuniper Berry Benefits: Bath and Body Products

Also, you can add this herb to various cosmetic recipes to provide the body with a variety of benefits. Of course, you can add these berries whole to your recipe. However, this is not the only way to use this herb. You can create an herbal tea with this cosmetic supply to add to your recipes, as well. Further, you can infuse your oils with the properties of dried Juniper Berries. So, there are many different ways that you can add some juniper berries to your products.

First, antibacterial and antiseptic properties have been found in Juniper. These properties can be useful for treating minor cuts and scrapes, as this herb will protect the body from infection. Also, the known astringent and detoxifying properties are useful for helping to control sebum production and balance oily skin. This is perfect for helping to prevent clogged pores or breakouts. Plus, these properties can be beneficial for improving skin tone and help to shrink your pore size. So, this is another way that Juniper can be used to help reduce the production of sebum. Not only is this property great for balancing the sebum production of oily skin, but it can be useful for preventing acne breakouts.

Plus, this herb is helpful for reducing blemishes, rashes, and eczema. Also, this herb will help bring more blood to the skin. This will help nourish skin cells and promote healthy growth. Also, the antioxidants in this herb can be used to fight oxidation damage, which can leave the skin looking aged. So, adding this herb to your skin care will help prevent signs of premature aging.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Natures Garden RecipesJuniper Berry Benefits: Natures Garden Recipes

We at Natures Garden have incorporated the Juniper Berries herb wholesale into a variety of homemade recipes. First, we Incorporated this herb and a few others into our Rustic Wax Melts Recipe. This blend of herbs creates an authentic aroma in the wax tart recipe. Also, we included this botanical herb in our Christmas Wreath Fire Starters Recipe. While this product is different from a candle, the herb provided a nice scent. Plus, the Juniper added to the wreath appearance. Additionally, we included this herb into the Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe. The Juniper berries were useful in the bath tea as their natural menthol content, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. Further, we used juniper berries in our Acai Berry Smoothie Sugar Scrub Recipe to provide a decorative topping. Plus, it can be used with the poppy seed herb to help exfoliate the body.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Other BenefitsJuniper Berry Benefits: Other Benefits

Some people have found that this herb can be useful for disinfecting the air. Since this herb has antimicrobial properties, it is thought that Juniper can be used to purify the air. So, it could be beneficial to include this herb with your natural candle making supplies. You can either add this herb whole to your homemade wax melt recipes or allow this herb to soak using bath tea bags in your melting candle wax. This will allow you to create a candle that includes this aroma without the risk of adding whole herbs, which have a potential to catch on fire.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Attracting Birds to Your Home

If you enjoy bird watching, then you may want to consider using plants to attract birds to your home. This way you can enjoy all kinds of beautiful birds without having to leave the comfort of home. One great plant that you can use is Juniper! This plant will attract a variety of birds that like to eat the juniper berries. According to a birdwatcher, who with a juniper berry bush, the bird types that seem to frequent these bushes were cedar waxwings, bark creepers, blackbirds, grackles, robins, sparrows, and many others. He loved to watch them from his windows as they were feasting on the berries. While Juniper attracts birds, it isn’t the only plant you can use to attract birds to your area. You can find a list of different plants you can use on Birdscaping: Creating Your Landscape to Attract Birds from the Ohio Landscape Association.

Juniper Berry Benefits: Ask Us Your QuestionsJuniper Berry Benefits: Ask Us Your Questions

We hope that you learned something new about the Juniper Berries herb. If you have any more questions about this herb or any others, then feel free to ask us your questions. We are available in the store, on our HUG line, and online. An easy way to reach us online is our social media. We have a Facebook page and you can use @ngscents to find us on either Twitter and Instagram. Good luck and hope to hear from you soon!

Juniper Berry Benefits: Reminder About Our Herbs

Note: We at Natures Garden sell our Juniper Berries Whole herb for external use only. We do not sell our herbs as food items. The information that we provide on our herbs is for educational purposes only. We do not intend for this information to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. The information we provide has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Make sure that you keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Also, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling any of our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products that you make with our herbs. Further, all testing is the responsibility of the customer.

Nov
26

What is Bee Pollen Powder?


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What is Bee Pollen Powder?What is Bee Pollen Powder?

If you have been wondering “What is bee pollen powder?”, then you may want to stick around for this blog. This Natures Garden herb is made up of ground up bee pollen granules, which makes it easy to add your homemade soaps and cosmetics. Further, the herb powder is a perfect way to naturally color bath and body recipes. Also, the bee powder is full of vitamins and nutrients that a healthy body needs! We utilize these nutrients to create bath and beauty products that are amazing for the skin. But, there are those that use the bee pollen granules to provide benefits to the inside of their body, too. You can learn about all the beneficial properties that bee pollen has for both your homemade products and your whole body in one of our homemaking blogs for bath and body products!

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: What is Bee Pollen Made Out Of ?What is Bee Pollen Powder?: What is Bee Pollen Made Out Of?

While bees collect pollen from plants, like flowers, this pollen alone is not bee pollen. Now, you may be asking “Well then, what is what is bee pollen made from?”. This process starts with the plant pollen and nectar that the bees collect for food. The type of pollen differs based on the on the area, as there will be different types of flowers available.

Then, the bees mix the collected pollen with nectar from its honey sacks. This creates the bee pollen, which are larger granules that make it easier to transport pollen back to the hive. So, the bees will store the bee pollen in a special pouch in their hind legs to transport it back to their home. Then, the bees will transport this to the hive where they can enzymes to it.  The bees will digest the bee pollen to turn it into honey, which has all the nutrients needed to feed young bees and worker bees alike.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: How is Bee Pollen Harvested?

Well, how is bee pollen gathered before the bees turn it into honey? Obviously, the bee pollen would need to be collected before the bees take it into their hive. After this point, it will be in the process of becoming honey. So, beekeepers will use a special comb-like device that bees have to pass through before getting into the hive. As a bee passes through the comb some of the pollen will be pushed out of the bee’s pouch. This allows a portion of the bee pollen to be collected while leaving some for the bees to turn into honey.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Industrial Uses

We know that bee pollen is used to make food for the bees, but how is bee pollen good for you? Bee pollen is full of all kinds of nutrients that your body needs, which makes it amazing for giving your body a revitalizing boost. Since bee pollen is full of vitamins and nutrients, there are many industry uses for this lovely product. This means that there are all kinds of ways that people have found to include use this natural wonder. Whether you use bee pollen for cosmetic purposes or include a bee pollen supplement in your diet, there are many beneficial properties for your body.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Foods and BeveragesWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Foods and Beverages

Many people enjoy adding bee pollen to their food or smoothies as a nutrition boost. In fact, the abundance of nutrients are useful for combating fatigue and stress by supporting your nutrition levels. Since the vitamins and nutrients in this supplement support healthy body function, you are sure to feel more lively. Plus, bee pollen will help you ward off sickness, as it has been shown to boost the immune system. Also, this natural supplement has been useful in reducing nutritional deficiencies, which would lead to negative consequences. These consequences could include health problems or poor development in children. This is just a few of the reasons why adding bee pollen to healthy food is something that many people enjoy!

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: What Does Bee Pollen Taste Like?What is Bee Pollen Powder?: What Does Bee Pollen Taste Like?

Of course, anyone considering adding a new food to there diet would be curious about the taste. We have been told that bee pollen is an acquired taste, so some healthy eaters will disguise it in their food. Further, the taste can differ slightly depending on the pollen sources available around the hive. This means that both the color and taste can change slightly based on location and time of year. Some bee pollen has a nut-like flavor that is a little sweet and other times it can be more bitter. While some people will eat the bee pollen on food or like a pill with water, others may hide the flavor in a smoothie. It all depends on your preference and the time of year you get your bee pollen.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Bath and Body ProductsWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Bath and Body Products

Bee Pollen Powder is a wonderful herb that provides all kinds of benefits to natural bath and body products. First, this herb can be used as a natural colorant. The pretty yellow color is perfect for creating bath and body products that are light, warm, and natural. So, this cosmetic herb is great for adding to your bath and body supplies, as it provides you with perfect hues for wholesale body products using natural bee ingredients.

Additionally, bee pollen has all kinds of wonderful properties to benefit your skin. First, using this cosmetic herb for making lotion from scratch is a perfect way to introduce these beneficial properties to your skin. The high levels of antioxidants in this cosmetic herb are able to help reduce aging, as it reduces the effect of free radicals, UV light, and pollutants. Further, bee pollen has an antibiotic effect that will help to reduce acne break outs. Plus, some research has shown that bee pollen can be used on the skin to speed healing and prevent infection due to its antibacterial properties.

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Natures Garden RecipesHow to Use Bee Pollen Powder: Natures Garden Recipes

Also, you can incorporate bee pollen power in a wonderful cold process soap recipe! Our Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe combines the beneficial properties of real honey and raw bee pollen to create an amazing recipe for the skin. Since much of the antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties are from the bee pollen, this combination enhances the honey’s properties to new levels. This soap can be useful for moisturizing the skin, reducing wrinkles, and even preventing acne break outs. Plus, some cases of eczema have been reduced after regular use, as it reduces inflammation and soothes the skin.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: MedicinalWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Medicinal

Throughout history, there is evidence of humans incorporating bee in medical practices. There were ancient civilizations, including Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, American Indian, and many more, used bee pollen to create rejuvenating blends. These blends varied from the Greek and Egyptians using it to increase stamina before battle to the medicinal tonics of ancient Chinese civilizations. Further, bee pollen has even been referred to as “Ambrosia” by some civilizations, which means food of the Gods. Today, we still utilize the natural properties of bee pollen to provide our bodies with a nutrient boost and enhance our health. In fact, it is considered a superfood that is often used in smoothie blends.

What has continued to make bee pollen popular for improving health is its many natural, beneficial properties for the body. First, it has vitamins that are useful for boosting the immune system, which protect you from diseases or infections. Also, bee pollen has anti-inflammatory properties that can be used for reducing the symptoms of arthritis, gout, or even menstrual cramps. Another benefit is that bee pollen promotes liver health with its high level of antioxidants that are able to help your liver detox the body. Additionally, bee pollen powder has been linked to a reduction in bad cholesterol, which has led to better cardiovascular health and even suggested a decreased risk of blood clots.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Other UsesWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Other Uses

Another benefit of bee pollen is that it can be used to help reduce minor seasonal allergies. Many people will find local beehives to find bee pollen harvested from the area. You can take this region specific bee pollen every day to help build up an immunity to the pollen that you experience in your area. You will want to start with a small amount and work your way up to a slightly larger amount. Also, you will want to begin this process a few weeks before pollen season begins.

Eventually, you won’t have as bad of a reaction from seasonal allergies caused by the pollen in your area. However, anyone with serious allergic reactions to honey, pollen, or bee stings as well as anyone taking regular medications should all consult a doctor before committing to taking bee pollen. If you would like to learn more about how to take bee pollen, then check out this article called How Bee Pollen Could Cure Your Allergies by Mind Body Green. This article talks about how bee pollen wards your body from your allergies and gives a suggested amount for daily use.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Get Healthy with Bee Pollen

If you want to try adding granules of bee pollen to your diet, then Healthy Smoothie Headquarters is a great place to start. They have an article with a recipe for creating a smoothie that is absolutely scrumptious. Recipes like these are extremely useful for anyone that would love to reap the benefits of bee pollen but hate the taste. Plus, this article even talks about a few more benefits and bonuses of eating bee pollen regularly. So, check out the Blissful Bee Pollen Smoothie and see what all the buzz is about!

If you are curious about all the nutrients in bee pollen, then you may want to check out an article by Bee Pollen Buzz. This article, called What is Bee Pollen?,  perfectly answers the question of “What nutrients does bee pollen contain?” and shows you exactly what is known to be in bee pollen that is just so good for us. In fact, this article breaks down the good stuff in bee pollen, like all the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Plus, they go into the number of calories, fats, carbs, and protein, too. So, this is a perfect break down for any curious healthy eaters out there.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Talk to UsWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Talk to Us

We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning a bit about this wonderful cosmetic herb. If you want to include even more herbs in your wholesale bath and body supplies, then check out some of our other Herbs and Spices. You can create some skin-loving products with a blend of fantastic herbs.  If you have questions about bee pollen powder or any other herbs that we carry, then please ask us! You can always ask us questions in store, on the phone, and on social media. We have a Facebook page that you can use to reach us. Also, we have a Twitter account and an Instagram account (@ngscents) . We hope to hear from you soon!

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Reminder About Our Herbs

Note: Natures Garden sells our bee pollen powder for external use only. While you can purchase food grade bee pollen elsewhere, we do not sell them as food items. Also, the information that we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease and this information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. We suggest that you keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Also, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. The responsibility of the customer is to test all of their own created products.

Aug
15

Sugar Scrub Cubes


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sugar cube scrub recipeSugar Scrub Cubes

Ready to take a trip back to childhood?  Our sour watermelon sugar scrub cube recipe combines the aroma of a popular candy that kids love, while providing the exfoliation and skin softening qualities that will pamper the ladies.  The same mouth-watering taste of chewy, watermelon starburst candies has been effectively captured in this popular Natures Garden’s fragrance oil.

The creative staff at Natures Garden doesn’t stop there.  These sugar scrubs are a combination of moisturizing glycerin soap, exuberant skin-loving oils, and exfoliating granulated sugar; cleverly packaged in sugar cube shaped clamshell containers. Are you ready for pure bath time enjoyment?

Exfoliation fun has just begun!

Ingredients:

340 grams Granulated Sugar

50 grams Sweet Almond Oil

38 grams Argan oil

10 grams Avocado Oil

175 grams SLS Free Clear Melt and Pour Soap

10 drops Neon Red FUN Soap Colorant

11 drops Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant

18 grams Sour Watermelon Candy Fragrance Oil

5 grams Whole Poppy Seed

Clamshell Containers- 10 Count

 

Directions:

  1. Lay out 5 of your Clamshell Containers on your work area

 

  1. In a bowl weigh out 340 grams Granulated Sugar and add 5 grams Whole Poppy Seed, set aside

 

  1. Weigh out 175 grams SLS Free Clear Melt and Pour Soap and chop it up into small blocks; then put it into a microwave safe bowl and melt it completely into a liquid form inside of the microwave, going in 30 second intervals

 

  1. When the soap is melted add 10 drops Neon Red FUN Soap Colorant, 11 drops Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant, 18 grams Sour Watermelon Candy Fragrance Oil, 50 grams Sweet Almond Oil, 38 grams Argan Oil, and 10 grams Avocado Oil; and stir

 

  1. Quickly! Pour the contents of the bowl from Step 2 into the soap mixture and mix them with your gloved hand.

 

  1. Pour the contents of the mixed bowl into the 6 cavities of the 5 clamshell molds, even adding a little but more and flattening down the molds when you fill the cavities all the way

 

  1. Put the lids on top of each mold and allow to sit overnight

 

We hope that you enjoy our free sugar scrub cubes recipe!  Natures Garden offers an array of free recipes for candles, soaps, cosmetics, and room scenting.  We are constantly creating new recipes for our customers.  To view our entire list of free recipes and classes, please visit our site.

Matthew Ward
www.naturesgardencandles.com